One hundred and thirty eight Compassion advocates from the United States and countless other advocates from around the world will be gathering in the Dominican Republic from October 5 to October 11 for the first-ever Global Advocates Tour…And we want to do our best to bring the experience to you!

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Beginning slightly before our departure and continuing through the trip itself, we will do our best to bring you updates, tales, and highlights, in picture and in word, of this momentous world-wide Compassion event.

Our intention is to:

  • Upload photos to Compassion’s Flickr group, which you can see in the sidebar under Your Flickr Photos (Kees will be doing this.)
  • TWEET! – send regular text updates of what’s going on – so follow us on Twitter (That’ll be Kees too.)
  • Share stories and commentaries on our blogs – Jesus and Compassion, Sheep Droppings and the “official unofficial” blog of the conference.
  • Get YOU close to the action
  • Provoke you (in a good way) to jealousy

We will be visiting many child development centers on this trip (too many to list here) and many of us, myself included (Oh! This is Compassion Dave.) will have opportunities to visit with the children we sponsor. It is our hope to transmit as much of the excitement and joy as we are able, so please tag along and be inspired!

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  1. Amber Van Schooneveld
    Oct 1, 2008
    at 7:48 am

    Hey, I’m going to be in the Dominican Republic at that same time! Maybe I can stop by and meet some of you superstars.

  2. Chuck Guth
    Oct 1, 2008
    at 8:26 am

    Awesome! I so wanted to attend. Can’t wait to be able to follow the action. :)

  3. Cheryl and Catherine Jones
    Oct 1, 2008
    at 3:21 pm

    Us too! Can’t wait to meet our girls! :)

  4. Oct 1, 2008
    at 5:35 pm

    I can’t wait to meet you all either! I am however a little nervous about meeting my sponsored child (please shoot up a prayer for me–isn’t it silly that I’m nervous about this).

  5. Oct 3, 2008
    at 7:09 am

    Just wanted to remind everyone to tag along with us to Compassion International’s Global Conference in the Dominican Republic at these two sites: “On Passion/One Purpose/One Voice” ~and~ “DR J” (*my Dominican Republic Journal)”

  6. Oct 3, 2008
    at 10:14 pm

    See you tomorrow or Sunday, Dave!

    I remember the first time I met Denisse, in DR. It was my first sponsor tour. I was sitting on a low wall outside the now-former office, waiting with other sponsors for our respective children to come out as they finished eating breakfast. I was excited and a little nervous. And then I looked to my right, and she was coming through the door with a woman I mistakenly thought was her mother.

    I said, “Denisse!!” and pushed myself off the wall. By the time I had taken the five or six steps to where she stood, I had tears running down my face, and I grabbed her for a hug.

    Compassion actually recommends that we try to keep our emotions under control so as not to overwhelm the children–especially the first time we meet them. I didn’t know that, then, and no one was more surprised than I to find that I was crying!

  7. Oct 4, 2008
    at 8:40 am

    Hmmm–Keeping emotions under control…I’ll have to give that a try sometime. See you in a few Vicki.

  8. Mike Stephens
    Mar 27, 2009
    at 6:57 pm

    Dave I agree with you, when I look at the pictures from Nicaragua I want to give myself a Gold medal for going through with it!!! I was nervous leading up to it myself especially the day of!!! But Yvonne Brown did an AMAZING job by telling us some stories of other Compassion Tours and various other experiences other sponsors had that as sad as it is to say made me feel better b/c of their “bad” experiences. I should have gone on to the Global Advocates Conference!!! Well maybe I can try to go to the next one!!! Thanks for all the pictures and blogs!!! It helped me feel like I was there a little!!!

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